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Australian Wood Duck

Australian Wood Duck (Image ID 36732)
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ID36732
CommentThe male and female plumage is distinct. This image was captured immediately after a failed attempt at copulation. The feathers at the back of the female's head are still disarranged from where the male grasped them with its beak during the copulation attempt. The pair were swimming in a side-by-side formation with the female maintaining the submerged profile which sometimes precedes copulation. In the event no further attempt was made.
Keywordsmale, female, adult, behaviour/display
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